Timelines and milestones
To provide you with the best possible service, we need to plan ahead and work with you on drawing up your timetables.
Our teams have been trained to handle all train path requests fairly and equitably, irrespective whether they come from railway passenger or freight train operators, transport organising authorities or industrial firms.
Mid-December Y-2: start of the train path application period
end of the train path
SNCF Réseau response
adjustments with clients.
of the timetable
of services for year Y
Mid-December Y -1 to D-8
last minute applications and adaptations
What is a train path?
A “train path” consists of the infrastructure necessary to enable a given train to be worked from one point to another at a given time. It may be likened to the corridors used by aircraft to fly from one airport to another.
What is the annual service timetable?
The annual timetable is the list of all train and rolling stock movements scheduled over a 12-month period starting from midnight on the second Saturday in December.
Train path charging
The charge raised for train paths depends on a number of statutory, industrial and economic criteria. The rules governing charging vary depending on whether train paths are for freight or passenger traffic.